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Rural Health Network Development Planning Program

Grants to USA Rural Nonprofits for Collaborative
Initiatives that Improve the Healthcare System

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US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP)

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11/29/19 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA and territories rural public and private nonprofits representing a consortium of nonprofit or for-profit health care providers to plan and develop healthcare networks. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. The purpose of the Network Planning program is to assist in the development of an integrated health care network, specifically with network participants who do not have a history of formal collaborative efforts. Network Planning goals are: (i) to achieve efficiencies; (ii) to expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential health care services; and (iii) to strengthen the rural health care system as a whole.

A rural health network (also called consortium) is defined as an organizational arrangement among at least three (3) separately owned regional or local health care providers that come together to develop strategies for improving health services delivery systems in a community. Health care networks can be an effective strategy to help smaller rural health care providers and health care service organizations align resources, achieve economies of scale and efficiencies, collaboratively address challenges, and create impactful, innovative solutions as a group than as single providers.

For example, a critical access hospital, a community health center, and a public health department may collaborate to form a network around a shared purpose. Other examples of health care providers include: hospitals, public health agencies, home health providers, mental health centers, substance abuse service providers, rural health clinics, primary care providers, oral health providers, social service agencies, health profession schools, local school districts, emergency services providers, community and migrant health centers, federally qualified health centers, tribal health programs, churches, faith-based organizations, and civic organizations that are/will be providing health care (note: this list is not exhaustive).

The Network Planning Program offers rural health care providers the opportunity to better address community needs and respond to challenges such as supporting providers in the transition from volume-based to value-based care. The intent is for rural health networks to expand access to care, increase the use of health information technology, explore alternative health care delivery models, and continue to achieve quality health care across the continuum of care.

Applicants must describe planning activities that support at least one (1) of the legislative aims described below:

  • Aim #1: Achieve efficiencies: The network will focus on identifying ways to achieve better system efficiencies and improve regional and/or local rural health care services through collaboration, access to additional services, and quality improvement.
  • Aim #2: Expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential health care services: The network will focus on ways to build capacity and a network infrastructure that enables entities to coordinate care and increase access to care for rural communities both locally and regionally.
  • Aim #3: Strengthen the rural health care system as a whole: Network members will focus on ways to enhance community and partner relationships to promote involvement and participation in network planning activities aiming to strengthen the regional health care system.

For review criteria and funding preferences, see pages 22-27 of the NOFO document in Attached Files below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164585

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Up to 20

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $100,000 per year

Term of Contract:

Period of Performance: July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021 (1 year)


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants must be rural nonprofit private or rural public entities that represent a consortium/network composed of three or more health care providers. Federally recognized tribal entities are eligible to apply as long as they are located in a non-metropolitan county or in a rural census tract of a metropolitan county, and all services must be provided in a non-metropolitan county or rural census tract.

If the applicant organization’s headquarters are located in a metropolitan or urban county, that also serves or has branches in a non-metropolitan or rural county, the applicant organization is not eligible solely because of the rural areas they serve, and must meet all other eligibility requirements. To ascertain rural eligibility, please refer to: This webpage allows you to search by county or street address and determine your rural eligibility. The applicant organization’s county name must be entered on the SF-424 Box 8, Section d. address. If the applicant is eligible by census tract, the census tract number must also be included next to the county name.

Faith-based and community-based organizations are eligible to apply for these funds, if they meet the rural eligibility. Tribes and tribal organizations are eligible to apply for these funds. For-profit or urban-based organizations are not eligible to be the applicant organization but can participate in the network and all services must be provided in a non-metropolitan county or rural census tract.

In addition to the 50 U.S. states, only organizations in the District of Columbia, Guam, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Federated State of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau may apply. If you are located outside the 50 states, you must still meet the rural eligibility requirements.

For more eligibility details, see pages 3-7 of the NOFO document in Attached Files below.

Pre-proposal Conference:

HRSA has scheduled the following technical assistance:

Day and Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. ET
Call-In Number: 1-800-369-1860
Participant Code: 4620596
Playback Number: 1-203-369-3079

Pre-Application Information:

The due date for applications under this NOFO is November 29, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. ET. HRSA suggests submitting applications to at least 3 calendar days before the deadline to allow for any unforeseen circumstances.

The registration process requires information in three separate systems:

- Dun and Bradstreet (
- System for Award Management (SAM) (
- (

Ensure and registrations and passwords are current immediately! Deadline extensions are not granted for lack of registration. Registration in all systems, including and, may take up to one month to complete.

HRSA requires you to apply electronically. HRSA encourages you to apply through using the SF-424 workspace application package associated with this notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) following the directions provided at

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For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the page above.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

You may request additional information and/or technical assistance regarding business, administrative, or fiscal issues related to this NOFO by contacting:

Ardena N. Githara, MNM
Grants Management Specialist
Division of Grants Management Operations, OFAM
Health Resources and Services Administration
5600 Fishers Lane, Mailstop 10SWH03
Rockville, MD 20857
Telephone: (301) 443-4903
Fax: (301) 443-6343

You may request additional information regarding the overall program issues and/or technical assistance related to this NOFO by contacting:

Jillian Causey, MHA
Public Health Analyst, Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
Attn: Rural Health Network Development Planning Program
Health Resources and Services Administration
5600 Fishers Lane, Room 17W17A
Rockville, MD 20857
Telephone: (301) 443-1493

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USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)